Victoria Derbyshire not worried about I’m A Celeb harming her journalism career

She has presented some of the BBC’s best-known programmes.
Victoria Derbyshire said she is not worried about her stint on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! harming her credibility as a journalist (ITV/PA)

Victoria Derbyshire said she is not worried about her stint on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! harming her credibility as a journalist (ITV/PA)

By Keiran Southern, PA

Victoria Derbyshire said she is not worried about her stint on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! harming her credibility as a journalist.

The award-winning broadcaster has presented some of the BBC’s biggest programmes, including Newsnight and Panorama, and fronted her own current affairs show.

I’m A Celebrity’s notoriously challenging bushtucker trials can involve everything from being drenched in slime to being covered in spiders.

BBC journalist Victoria Derbyshire is taking part in I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! (Isabel Infantes/PA)

BBC journalist Victoria Derbyshire is taking part in I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! (Isabel Infantes/PA)

But Derbyshire does not fear her reputation as a heavyweight journalist will be harmed by taking part in the show.

She said: “I haven’t worried about it, because I think, when I look at this year, I’ve presented my own programme, I’ve presented BBC news, I’ve done a Panorama on domestic abuse in lockdown and now I’m doing this.

“I don’t feel that I have to be in a box, or labelled in a particular way. I don’t know why, especially when I know, I really know, that life is short – I don’t know why you can’t say yes to once-in-a-lifetime experiences, which is why I’ve said yes.

“I want to do it! My kids want me to do it, I’m totally up for it, and life’s short.”

Mother-of-two Derbyshire, 52, also said she is not concerned about violating the BBC’s impartiality guidelines during her stay at Gwrych Castle in Wales.

She said: “I mean, I’m allowed to have an opinion saying, ‘Oh my god I’m starving’ but I can’t… you know, I’m a BBC journalist. I’m not going to reveal my opinions on all sorts of politics or other matters. I’m quite sensible, I’m quite responsible on that respect. “


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